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Saudi women get jail terms for trying to help Canadian woman get divorce

A Saudi court handed two Saudi women 10-month jail sentences on Saturday for seeking to help a Canadian woman who wanted to leave her Saudi husband with their children, human rights activists said. The court also banned Fawzia al-Ayuni and Wajiha al-Huaider from leaving the kingdom for two years, rights…

Transatlantic EgyptAir flight bound for New York diverted to Britain

An EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York was diverted Saturday to a Scottish airport, where police are attending the scene, a spokesman at the airport told AFP. The spokesman for Glasgow Prestwick Airport could not say why the flight was diverted. “An EgyptAir aircraft, flight number MSR985, was en…

Al Gore says Obama must veto ‘atrocity’ of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Former vice-president says oil pipeline is ‘really a losing proposition’ and demands climate plan promised at inauguration Al Gore has called on Barack Obama to veto the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, describing it as “an atrocity”. The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama…

UPDATE: Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to be Iran’s next president

Update: DUBAI (Reuters) – Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s presidential election, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on state television on Saturday. Najjar said 72 percent of the 50 million eligible Iranians had turned out to vote, and that Rohani had secured just over the 50 percent of the…

Iraq journalists detained for 10 days for ‘stealing’ minister’s notepad

Iraqi press freedom activists on Saturday decried the detention for more than 10 days of two journalists accused of stealing the notebook of the country’s defence minister following a meeting of political leaders. Mohammed Fuad and Afdhal Jumaa are alleged to have stolen Saadun al-Dulaimi’s notepad after the June 1…

Supercomputers and analytics: Figuring out the human brain

The brain remains one of humanity’s enduring mysteries, despite centuries’ worth of research into its innermost workings. It will take a lot of very sophisticated tools, paired with some cutting-edge data analytics, to finally figure out how neurons firing in a certain order results in thought……

Young Turks seek greater liberty, not revolution

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) – Ask the younger protesters who have taken to Turkey’s streets over the past two weeks what they are fighting for, and the response is simple: “More freedom”. It is an aspiration they might just achieve. Turkey’s worst political unrest in decades has galvanized a…

Obama stresses kids’ need for dads’ presence

President Barack Obama is reflecting on the hole left in his life by the absence of his father, calling for reforms of child support laws for dads to be more present for their kids. “There will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence…

Famed Milwaukee tavern rehangs bras on ceiling

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Standing on a foot ladder, Jeff Scanell bent down, pinched his girlfriend’s red lace brassiere between his thumb and index finger and gently lifted it out of the front of her shirt as a cowbell wildly rang and a raucous crowd roared. The 37-year-old…

To avoid ‘foregone revenue,’ largest tar sands producer announces fewer safety checks

Suncor Energy, the largest producer in Canada’s tar sands oil operations, has announced it will require fewer major safety maintenance “shut-down” checks at its Alberta production sites, decreasing the required checks to once every five years, down from its prior four-year schedule. Steve Douglas…  …

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